El Paso voter turnout small, but strongly behind sending Veronica Escobar to Congress


Former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar won a landslide victory in the March 6 Democratic primary for Texas’ 16thCongressional District.

Escobar took more than 61 percent of the vote in a six-person race. Second-place finisher Dori Fenenbock, the former El Paso Independent School District board president, had 22 percent of the vote.

“Words cannot describe how humbled and grateful I am. I am privileged to be your Democratic nominee, privileged to be your candidate,” Escobar wrote to supporters the day after the election.

Escobar showed strength across all of the El Paso-based district, winning a clear majority of votes in all but a handful of precincts.

In the November general election, she will face Rick Seeberger, who defeated Alia Garcia-Ureste by a 69 percent to 31 percent margin in the Republican primary. The winner in November will take the seat now held by Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who is challenging incumbent Ted Cruz for a Senate seat.

For more than five decades, winning the Democratic primary has been tantamount to winning election to Congress in El Paso. Ed Foreman in 1962 was the only Republican in history to win an El Paso-based House seat.

Browse our interactive breakdowns of voting by precinct, according to data provided by the El Paso County Elections Department.

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